Regarding the recent guest editorial commenting on the recent sex trade raid.
I find the comments of Mr. Morris very educational and theoretically correct, that the time spent by the Rehab Foundation and the fear-generating black shirts produced nothing much more than a press and photo op to show that the government is a concerned matriarch, and of course no one, none of the contractors would have taken the time to complete the “interview” outside the hotel.
I thought I had read that 27 working girls had immigration issues and were ordered to attend the immigration offices to sort out their papers, and a man was arrested for immigration irregularities. However that arrest or detention happened outside of the raid. True, a higher proportion of women with issues would have been found elsewhere if the money and gathering of troops would have targeted the back street massage parlors. But to sell anything, sex, new cars, or that a distracted government is committed to the reduction of crime, pick on the big boys. Sex sells all, including the news.
To state that “Genuine victims of sex trafficking (as opposed to voluntary immigrants) are more apt to be found in the downscale brothels,” is not entirely correct, because to ask a woman to play nicely with a usually overweight, alcohol fueled, and Vigara-charged Gringo is the ultimate of sex trafficking. It is too simplistic, and I put the blame squarely on the government that encourages it by credit-based economics and a lack of a true social support system.
The lure of money and a chance to keep the bills paid is a strong magnet, and the options are what: Live with an often abusive spouse who will forcefully confiscate the night’s take or work in a Mcjob that offers less than a living wage? There is no feeling within these women who punch a card in the Pink Palace of entitlement or power, just an overpowering need to balance the family and/or personal finances because there is nothing more strong a motivator to do whatever it takes than hunger in the eyes of the babies.
This bankrupt and often morally corrupt government needs to offer more support, more opportunity for a living wage, and offer better opportunities for corporations and industries to locate in the land of Pura Vida rather than to continue to promote itself as nothing more than a tourist destination. Women and their families need to be able to live safely and know that there is food in the fridge. Then maybe they can start with some long-term planning of their lives.
One last thought, is it hypocritical that A.M. Costa Rica freely promotes The Rey and its offerings, perhaps a boycott of this type of advertising would send a message, it’s time to rethink what this country is all about. But then again, the ads would just appear elsewhere, at a loss to this paper, and no owner/publisher would want that.